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Cest La Vie, Sarasota, FL

Cest La Vie

4.6
4.6
133 Reviews
$30 and under
French
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Neighborhood gem
C'est la Vie Downtown! Authentic French Bistrot. Serving Classic French cuisine in a rustic provençal atmosphere. Only downtown location is doing dinner.
We also offer a spacious outdoor dinning garden terrace with a beautiful shady oak tree and illuminating string lights.
Our Artisan bakery and the quality of our pastries will have you feeling like you are in the heart of Paris.
Opened since 1997 by Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle, we collected over the years many awards from Best French Restaurant to Best french bakery. Located on Main street - Downtown Sarasota.
Come and join us for a delightful evening.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue 7:30 am–6:00 pm Wed, Thu 7:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:30 am–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 906-9575
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Olivier Orion
  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    French

133 Reviews
  1. TamaraH

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice family run restaurant with great French cuisine and good prices. Their special 3 course menu has great choices. Nice ambiance. We will come back. Thanks.

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  2. EddieA

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our go to place for breakfast and brunch and is fantastic. Dinner is a whole different disappointing experience. Just to sum it up there are to many other great dinner places on Main St

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  3. SandraA

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First course Escargot at its very Best! Second course Lamb shank served with lentils so delicious! Third course Gluten free desserts! We plan to go back to try the duck. “ Savor Sarasota “ was outstanding! See you next year!

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  4. HMBVNC

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were disappointed in the food. The mussels were bland and the French fries appeared to be from frozen. The creme brulee was awful (runny and too sweet). But the chocolate dessert from the pastry case was excellent.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and experience! Will definitely be back. Don’t skip dessert either!

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  6. WILLIAMR

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of my favorite restaurants ever. Food, staff and ambiance are all wonderful. Can't wait to return soon.

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  7. susiq

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cozy place. Our first time here and reminded us very much of restaurants in Paris! Very charming. Service was excellent as was the food. Beef bourginoine was so tender. My husband had the lamb shank also very tender a so full of flavor. Chocolate fondant was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Will definitely be back!

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  8. Franz42

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only our second time dining here, but will definitely be back. The food quality was outstanding. Service was excellent and the entire experience was a tremendous value.

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  9. AlexR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and the food is always great. It’s becoming a favorite.

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  10. Topher

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Our server was kind and curteous

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FAQs

Cest La Vie is rated 4.6 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is open seasonally. Unfortunately, it is currently closed.

Google Map for Cest La Vie

1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue 7:30 am–6:00 pm Wed, Thu 7:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:30 am–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Olivier Orion
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine
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